If you want to work out and build a truly ripped body, you need to increase your levels of testosterone. It has long been known that cortisol is the antidote of testosterone, which is why athletes have to make sure they avoid stress as much as possible. However, it now seems as if they can give this process a helping hand by also taking branch chain amino acids (BCAAs) and glutamine. This has been demonstrated in a recent study.(bottom page)
“The preparation that the researchers used was Nutri-Build II, a Nutrient Technologies product. Nutrient Technologies helped finance the study. The researchers had their test subjects take 6 caps at breakfast and with their evening meal. The subjects took a daily total of 2 g L-glutamine, 1800 mg L-leucine, 750 mg L-isoleucine and 750 mg L-valine.”
They found that when taking BCAAs and glutamine, their levels of cortisol dropped and their levels of testosterone increased. This is a very important development in the world of athletes, who are always looking for better ways to work out harder and get bigger and better results.
BCAAs have long been used by athletes for their muscle building properties, but it is fascinating to see that there is now some scientific backing to this. It seems that the BCAAs help in terms of building muscle and testosterone by reducing levels of cortisol, and that the glutamine helps to maintain the workings of the BCAAs. However, you do have to know when to take what to get the maximum effect.
“BCAAs before exercise help maintain testosterone levels and can be used to fuel muscles. Leucine, one of the BCAAs, also spikes insulin levels through a different mechanism than carbs, and insulin helps in the suppression of cortisol.”
Too many athletes take BCAAs quite randomly. Some take them with every meal, others take them only at bedtime or only at breakfast. Too few take them when they actually should take them: just before a workout. It is at this moment that they will have the most effect, and also only at this moment that you actually want them to be effective. Glutamine, on the other hand, should be taken afterwards.
“I will have 30g glutamine post workout. Start at 15g and work you way up, some people have stomach issues starting out with high does of glutamine.”
The reason why you have to take the glutamine after your workout is because they enhance the workings of the BCAAs that will still be in your system. They make sure, therefore, that when your testosterone spike goes back to normal levels, your body doesn’t get flooded with cortisol, undoing all the hard work you have just taken part in.
Working out, once upon a time, was a bit of fun, or seen as a sport for professional athletes. Now, however, it is a way of life and it is underpinned by various scientific discoveries. Take advantage of that by making sure that you understand how you can get the most out of the workout that you do.